Homemade Spicy Cheese Sauce

Cheese Sauce

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
332 Calories
24g Fat
16g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 332
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 593mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 13g
Calcium 414mg 32%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cheese sauce is commonly used in English cooking. It can be used for various recipes and it builds upon the famous white sauce.

This cheese sauce is wonderful on cauliflower or other vegetables, or try serving it with brunch strata or quiche. Or, you can also use this on your favorite homemade macaroni recipe if you'd like. The possibilities are endless and once you know how to make it you'll be surprised at how often you may find yourself using it from night to night.

A dash of hot pepper sauce adds flavor and a little heat to this easy cheese sauce. Of course, if you prefer to have no heat you can omit it.

The key to cooking any sauce is to keep your eye on the heat. This recipe instructs low heat that way you avoid browning. While this doesn't take long to make at all, if you're really in a rush don't let impatience get the best of you.


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Hot pepper sauce (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat.

  2. Stir in flour and mustard until the mixture is smooth and bubbly.

  3. Cook, whisking constantly, for two minutes. Do not let the mixture brown.

  4. Gradually add milk.

  5. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until thickened and boiling.

  6. Boil one minute.

  7. Add cheese and continue stirring until cheese is melted.

  8. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and hot pepper sauce.